SRINAGAR: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived at Thoise, a military airfield and small village in Nubra Valley, on Saturday. She was briefed about the operational preparedness of the forward areas following which she visited the highest post in Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sector and Chushul along the Indo-China border in Eastern Ladakh and interacted with the troops.
This was the first ever visit of defence minister to DBO sector and to one of the highest posts in Eastern Ladakh. She was flown in an Army Aviation ALH helicopter. Lt Gen D Anbu, Army Commander Northern Command and Corps Commander of the Ladakh Corps accompanied her during the visit.
While interacting with the troops, Sitharaman complimented them for their steadfastness and dedication despite the harsh climate and terrain.
Her visit has further boosted the morale of the troops deployed at these extremely difficult snow covered locations in Ladakh, a defence statement issued said.